Film Industry

Hitchcock said it best.


Alfred Hitchcock, in a 1976 interview, discusses his “latest” film: The Family Plot, along with his filmmaking process. “If you’re going to get suspense, you’ve got to make everything very clear to an audience. … An audience wondering is not an audience emoting.” Take a look at this interview-turned-masterclass (posted on YouTube by Eyes on Cinema).

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Art Design and Location Shooting: Creating a mood board for the film Frankenweenie

“As part of my recent Art and Production Design class at Full Sail University, I was tasked with creating a mood board for a scene from the film Frankenweenie. What an amazing experience! It was like putting together a puzzle using texture, colors, light and artistic elements. You can read more below about my inspiration for this board. I hope it inspires you to create your own!” -Cindy Heath


Scene: A nighttime exterior, whereby a dog named Sparky has run away from his owner (a young boy named Victor) and is wandering around the town’s fair, lost and confused. Victor employs the help of his parents in finding Sparky and the scene ends on a sinister note where four kids are plotting to sneak into Victor’s house when he and his parents leave to find Sparky.

Colors: A pop of red is a nice contrast to the other earthy tones and brings some life to what otherwise could be a very muted, dark, earthy color palette.

Lighting: Dim with the effect of streetlights, strings of lights and an overall glowing feeling. In addition, the casting of shadows lends itself to the anxiety that Sparky feels being lost and Victor feels as he discovers his dog is missing.

Set dressing: A town square with fair booths and rides and Victor’s backyard that contains an empty dog house.

Images: The black and white photo of the somber little boy shows Victor’s feelings of losing his dog, and the photo of the dog, tucked under the chair, conveys Sparky’s feelings of fear as he’s in an unfamiliar space with many strangers. The crowd photo with double exposure, seems to vibrate, giving off a sense of confusion, which the characters are experiencing in this scene.

The photo of the lit canal in the city and the photo of the line of balloons represent the feeling at the fair. Rows of booths create straight lines with vanishing points. Photos of several rounded items, including the bicycle, ferris wheel and balloons show a softness of emotion that contrasts the harshness of the situation.

Textures: The brown carpet is reminiscent of a dog’s rich, soft fur, while the photo of the asphalt pavement shows the roughness that both Victor and Sparky have to face in trying to resolve this dilemma. In addition, the black denim represents the edginess that nighttime brings while the photo of the golden glass mimics the glow of the fair lights.

The overall mood of the scene is one of questioning—Will Victor find Sparky before something bad happens? How will Sparky manage the strangeness of his surroundings? What will the kids do inside Victor’s house?


Who has encouraged you? Who can you encourage?

Sometimes, promotional videos or advertisements come along, and they tell a story that touches you … inspires you … makes you think. This is one of those videos.

This 2011 commercial by Singapore’s Ministry of Education tells the story of a young man whose life is fraught with tragedy and struggle and the one person who never gave up on him.

“This video resonates with me because throughout my life, I’ve had people who have encouraged me and guided me to be the person I am today. And, in turn, I hope to leave a legacy of being an encourager to others.” – Cindy Heath

Film Industry

Screenwriting: What screenwriter Steven Knight has learned during his career

mv5bmje4odqwodcxn15bml5banbnxkftztgwnju0mzcxmde-_v1_ux214_cr00214317_al_Steven Knight is a British writer and producer, who’s work includes Amazing Grace, Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders and Locke. He’s also executive producer of Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, on FX. In the video, Knight talks about his work and the script writing process, including how difficult it is to let go of a script, visiting the film set as the screenwriter and seeing his screenplay interpreted differently than the visualization in his head. It’s a very enlightening conversation for screenwriters and film lovers alike.

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Movie Review

The Imitation Game is a film worthy of the term “masterpiece”

ig2Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015

The Imitation Game is based on the true story of Alan Turing, who, with a team of people, invented a machine that broke the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II.

Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a closeted homosexual whose aloofness and sociopathic tendencies alienate him from most everyone. He befriends a woman named Joan, played by Kiera Knightly, who is the only female on the code-breaking team.

Cumberbatch is at his best in this role, bringing a very human side to a man whose mind works like a machine. He struggles not only with breaking a code, but with societal expectations as well. Knightly’s spirited Joan becomes Turing’s gentle compass, helping him find the value in others.

In addition to Cumberbatch and Knightly, who were both nominated for Oscars for their roles, the cast is A-list level deep with convincing performances by Charles Dance, Mark Strong along with Matthew Gig-photo-1oode and Allen Leach from Downton Abbey fame.

Aside from the acting, much of what makes this film so compelling is its visual storytelling thanks to cinematographer Oscar Faura. His shots blend rich colors and smart use of light and shadows with artistically framed composition. 

A film filled with historical significance, social issues, Oscar-worthy acting, beautiful cinematography and emotional impact … The Imitation Game is the real deal.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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